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    • The Missouri Times, December 29, 2015

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters (MSCFF), the largest fire fighter union in the state, elected Sherwood Smith as their newest president Dec. 14.

      “It’s humbling, I appreciate it and I feel good about them having confidence in me,” Smith said.

      Smith has a long history as a fire fighter and as a leader in the firefighting community. He has served in the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department for over 35 years and for 25 of those, he has been a captain. He has also earned the Medal of Bravery, the department’s second highest honor, twice, and he has been active in politics at both the local in Kansas City and working on campaigns for Noel Torpey, Sam Graves, Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill.

      After losing an election for a seat in the Kansas City legislature in 2014, Smith will have a chance to influence policy and guide the over 6,000 volunteer members of his union at the state level.

      “We advocate for all first responders which includes prosecutors, EMS, nurses, fire fighters, so some of the things we’re looking for is things that affect public safety,” Smith said, making direct mention of Rep. Jeanie Lauer’s 911 legislation.

      “[It] makes sure that anyone with a mobile phone can dial 911, that’s probably one of our top priorities,” he said.

      Smith added that the upcoming session and the session to come in years ahead would offer a lot of opportunities for the union and that he was proud to be placed at the helm.

      “It’s going to be a big task,” Smith said. “We have a great team in place, and the previous president did a great job. But there are challenges still in front of us and I appreciate them having the confidence in me to think we can move to the next level.”

      With the election of Sherwood Smith as the new MSCFF President there is an opening for 1st Dist VP.  We will have a meeting to nominate and elect the DVP on Monday January 25th at 1100 hrs at IAFF Local 3133 Central Jackson County Fire.  The address is 29210 SE AA Hwy Blue Springs MO 64014.  If you have any questions please contact Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Lair at 816.847.0525 (Office) or via E-mail: mscffs-t@sbcglobal.net.

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets. 

      This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.  We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.

      If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register.  Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand.  Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.  

      Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website.  From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.

      The MSCFF held a reception for Attorney General Chris Koster. The event was attended by firefighters across the state who stand united behind Koster.  There are more images of this event in the Photo Gallery.

      The Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention passed Resolution #23 "Our Good Name" which applies to the use of the IAFF Logo.

      This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.

      Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within North America that fully complies with Resolution #23.  All of the employees at Union Shop Apparel are members of IUPAT Local 820.  We invite you to visit their website and checkout their new Online Store.  They specialize in Custom Embroidery and Silk Screening.


      What's New at MSCFF

      Stay informed of the Bills that are being filed by the Legislature in Jefferson City, MO on a weekly basis.  This information is available to all MEMBERS in the 2016 Legislative Reports area of the website.  If you are not currently registered with the website we strongly recommend that you do register so you may access this information.

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      Proposition 3
      02/11/16 - Local 3230
      TSAFF Member, I know that many TSAFF members will be voting in the March 1st Republican Primary election. If you happen to be one of these members, please be advised of the following information about Proposition #3. When you go to the polls on March 1st for the Republican Primary several propositions will be on the ballot. PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO PROPOSITION #3.
      Corey Rose Cancer in the Fire Service Series
      02/10/16 - Mountain View Professional Fire Fighters
      9 News Ancor Corey Rose dedicated a three-part series, "Left in the Smoke" highlighting the growing issue of cancer in the fire service. As many of you know, Corey sits on the Board of Directors for the CPFF Foundation. Corey's father, Gary, died due to job related cancer shortly after retiring from a 32 year career with LA City Fire. Here is the entire three-part series: http://www.
      Rights of Emergency Responders Page added
      02/10/16 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
      The PPFFA has added a "Rights of Emergency Responders" page to the website. It currently has FLSA, FMLA, Cancer Presumption, Act 195, Act 111, PA Sunshine Act, NLRA, HIPAA, Title VII as it pertains to workplace discrimination and employees' Garrity and Weingarten Rights. All may be downloaded and/or printed.
      Proposition 3
      02/10/16 - Lubbock Fire Fighters
      TSAFF Members, Hopefully, you are all aware, by now, about Proposition 3 on the Republican Primary ballot, regarding payroll deductions for union dues. It has come to our attention, that the ballots will not read the same in all counties in the state. The question is the same, but the answer is different depending on the county you are in.
      KC Fire vs St. Louis Fire Hockey Match
      02/09/16 - IAFF Local 42
      Download Event Flier here.
      KPERS Update
      02/09/16 - Olathe Firefighters IAFF Local 2542
      http://www.theolathenews.com/2011/03/08/1040787/police-add-web-messaging.htmlPolice add web messagingBy JOE LAMBEjlambe@theolathenews.com  Olathe police are starting a web-based communication system that allows them to send messages to citizens.
      4th Annual Charity Hockey Game
      02/09/16 - Ridgefield Professional Fire Fighters
      Saturday March 12th, 2016 at 3 PM Winter Garden Ice Arena 111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877 Come cheer on the Ridgefield Firefighters in our 4th Annual Charity Hockey Game vs. NYC Department of Corrections "Boldest" hockey team.  Suggested donation of $5 goes to support many worthy causes via the Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Charitable Fund.
      New Farmington Hills fire chief takes command
      02/09/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      Jon Unruh grew up in Farmington Hills and cut his firefighter teeth as a paid on-call firefighter for his hometown department. Some 28 years later Unruh is officially running the department. Unruh, hired last month to replace the retired Corey Bartsch, took the reins as the sixth fire chief in Farmington Hills history Monday after being sworn in by city Clerk Pam Smith.
      Tigers caravan rolls through Livonia with present to fire department
      02/09/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      The Detroit Tigers brought their annual winter caravan through Livonia last week, and helped the city mark a special occasion in the process. Several Tigers players and various members of the Tigers organization were at the fire department headquarters to deliver a present to Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead.
      Local 3027 Participated in Denver Bronco Parade
      02/09/16 - Cunningham Fire Fighters
      Local 3027 members along with other front range locals took part in the Denver Bronco Victory parade.  See more images by clicking the link below.  Photos courtesy 5280Fire. http://5280fire.com/.
      Update on hotel rooms for the ball
      02/08/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Hello all members, How bout them BRONCOS! Quick ball update, our hotel room block @ The Four Seasons is Sold Out, that's the bad news. So if you procrastinated to get a hotel room they are gone. Here's the good news, we have secured another block of rooms @ The Grand Hyatt just 4 short blocks away.
      THANKS TO THE STAFF OF IFFD
      02/08/16 - IAFF Local 1565
      Thanks to the Staff of the IFFD for focusing on the training of this new group of Driver candidates.  The level of commitment towards training had been monumental.  So from Local 1565, Thank You!! To the Firefighters taking the Drivers test, Good Luck, Good Job and Full steam ahead.
      Shane Clifton PSOB Awarded
      02/08/16 - IAFF Local 21
      Mona Dohman Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety presents Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Clifton's daughter Finley with the LODD PSOB Proclamation.
      Ice Fishing Contest
      02/08/16 - IAFF Local 21
      AFL-CIO Scholarships
      02/08/16 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      Scholarship Applications Posted 2/8/16
      02/08/16 - New London Fire Fighters
      The Scholarship applications for the John M O'Connor Trust and the Dr. Carl Wies Scholarship Fund have been posted in the "Scholarships" link located on the left side of this website. Applications must be RECEIVED by April 1st, 2016.
      Busy 2015
      02/08/16 - New London Fire Fighters
      In 2015, Local 1522 had one of the busiest years, responding to 7135 calls. So far, 2016 is starting out very busy also. Currently we have responded to 752 calls since 1/1/2016.
      Bowl for Kids' Sake
      02/08/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      Bowl For Kids’ Sake is almost here! Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser and each year half a million people across the country come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters at the local level.
      SuperBowl Raffle Winners!
      02/08/16 - IAFF Local 1403
      Congratulations to the following people for winning the SuperBowl Party Raffle: Kirk Orr - $25,000; Heidi Bradley - $15,000 and Carey Yeomans - $10,000 Congrats to all.
      MINNESOTA FIRE SERVICE FOUNDATION Scholarship Application
      02/08/16 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      Meeting Tuesday and other items
      02/07/16 - IAFF Local 1014
      Tuesday, February 9, 2016: Appropriations Committee Public Hearing
      02/07/16 - UPFFA
      There is an important Appropriations Committee public hearing on Tuesday, February 9th at 1600 hrs. to discuss cuts to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection budget. One of our concerns is the consolidation of funds which zeroes out the line item for the Connecticut State Firemen's Association. Benefits for LODD, disability benefits, and beneficiary benefits.
      New Guys Log in
      02/07/16 - IAFF Local 1565
      For All the new Brothers to out IFFD 1565 Family , WELCOME !! You all have accounts in the system now.  Your login name is you first letter of your fires name in CAPS and your last name with the first letter CAPS, no spaces just 2 CAPS and the rest lower case.  Your password will need to be change when you log in for the first time.  So to explain one more time.
      PFFI
      02/07/16 - IAFF Local 1565
      PFFI is coming up at the end of FEB.  We have all the delegates chosen and the travel arrangements have been made.  I look forward to spending the week , elbows deep in Union business.  Please voice any comments or concerns.  Also watch this page, I will update any and all info to it.
      Super Bowl 50
      02/06/16 - IAFF Local 1014
      Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014 Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel Sunday is the day.
      January Meeting Minutes
      02/06/16 - Asheville Fire Fighters Association
      2016 Gun Raffle
      02/06/16 - IAFF Local 3005
      2016 Bolingbrook Local 3005 Gun Raffle Local 3005 is excited to announce the return of our popular Gun Raffle fundraiser.  This year we have a whole new assortment of firearms and gift cards available to win. There will be a maximum of 1000 tickets sold.  Each ticket costs $50.  Each ticket is allowed to win 1 time per month.
      2016 Fight for Air Stair Climb
      02/06/16 - Belmont Firefighters
      5 Belmont Firefighters raised funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association by climbing the 41 stories of a Boston skyscraper today, Feb 6, while wearing full firefighting gear as well as their SCBA. Left to Right: FF Gerrard (Group 3, Rescue 1), FF McNeilly (Engine 1, Group 1), FF Kinch (Rescue 1, Group 1), Captain DeMarco (C3, Group 1) and FF D.
      Local 271 and Local 2457 raise over $13,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
      02/06/16 - IAFF Local 271
      The 5th Annual Fire on Ice brought in close to $13,000k for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!! That is 5k more than last year! This would not of been possible without our generous sponsors and spectators!! The Glacier Ice Rink was packed with fans !! Thanks to PBR, Big Sky Brewery and The Front Brewery for the donated beer!! Alright now for the games.
      KFFBF Scholarships
      02/05/16 - IAFF Local 2819
      We've opened the application period for two scholarship opportunities today: one for our community members and one for our KFFBF members. Each are $500 awards. To apply, visit www.thewashboard.org and register your account. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2016.  Notification to the winners is anticipated to be June 8, 2016.
      2016 7th District Scholarship Application Period Opens
      02/05/16 - IAFF Local 2819
      The annual 7th District Scholarship application period is now open.  Please see the attachments for the application, student checklist and scholarship policy.  The program is funded by events hosted by IAFF Local affiliates in the Magnificent 7th District.  This year 10 scholarships will be awarded totaling over six thousand dollars.
      Fire Wellness week March 6-11
      02/05/16 - Richmond Fire Fighters
      Fire Wellness week March 6-11
      02/05/16 - Richmond Fire Fighters
      Welcome Glen Lake Fire Fighters Local 5086
      02/05/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      Yesterday was an historic day for GLFF L5086, This new local's first Executive Board, took the IAFF oath of Office, Pictured below is President Bill Parker, Vice-President Scott Sheehan, Secretary Jay Morse, Treasurer Pete Stern.
      Union Executives in Tallahassee
      02/05/16 - IAFF Local 3169
      This past week your Union officers were in Tallahassee for the FPF Legislative Convention.  FPF has been making huge strides in keeping the state from tampering with our FRS retirement.  This year there was no attack to the FRS.  Also, they have been working on HB345 and SB456 which deals with the Presumptive Cancer laws for Firefighters.
      February 5, 2016: UPFFA MOBILE APP PUSH NOTIFICATION - UPDATE
      02/05/16 - UPFFA
      We have recently added a new feature to the UPFFA of Ct. Mobile APP Push Notification. The new feature added is the “Push Message Archive Module” it is now at the top of the Members Only Page, this feature will now provide a fast/easy way for our members to review previously sent push messages.
      2016 7th District Scholarship Application Period Opens
      02/05/16 - IAFF 7th District
      The annual 7th District Scholarship application period is now open.  Please see the attachments for the application, student checklist and scholarship policy.  The program is funded by events hosted by IAFF Local affiliates in the Magnificent 7th District.  This year 10 scholarships will be awarded totaling over six thousand dollars.
      2015 PFA Awards Ceremony
      02/05/16 - IAFF Local #1945
      The 2015 PFA Awards Ceremony is TONIGHT - Friday February 5th 2016. See the attached flyer for information.
      Frontline News Alert
      02/05/16 - Denton Fire Fighters Association
      General President Harold Schaitberger issued the statement below today in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s comments in his Iowa Caucus victory speech about supporting fire fighters.  “What Ted Cruz did the other night in his Iowa victory speech is disgusting.
      Local 21 Ski Day
      02/04/16 - IAFF Local 21
      Local 21 SKI DAY  February 17 - Slopes Open At 9:30 Afton Alps  FOOD - Union will provide snacks and beverages.   - Members will be on there own for meals.  - cafeteria food is available, bar/restaurant available.
      Lansing Fire Fighter Loses Battle with Cancer
      02/04/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      The members of Local 421-Lansing are mourning the passing of active Captain Steve Babcock. Steve was assigned to the LFD Emergency Management Division. He served Lansings residents since 6/7/1993. He passed Wednesday February 3rd after battling cancer. Click here for a link to the obituary from the funeral home. Please distribute accordingly. We appreciate the support and assistance.
      Notice of Election, DVP position for District 6, LAFD
      02/04/16 - IAFF 1826
      The Local office has received a letter of resignation from DVP Mike Pernal, we thank and appreciate Mike's time and energy through some significant issues involving your District. Nominations for the position of DVP for District 6 will be accepted at the February 25th Bi-Monthly meeting held at the SWFL International Airport Training Center, start time is 6:30.
      Union Clothing Flyers & Order Forms
      02/04/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      You can now order MPFFU clothing articles or you can customize them with your own Local name.  Check-out the flyers for Jackets, Pull-overs, and Shirts and return your order form to the MPFFU.  Orders will be combined and processed every few weeks and payment can be made via credit card or check after you receive your order.  Simply call the MPFFU office for more details.
      Leoma Lovegrow Art Raffle to Benefit Local 1826 District 13, Matlacha/Pine Island
      02/04/16 - IAFF 1826
      Cruz Left 9/11 Responders Behind
      02/03/16 - Davenport Association of Professional Firefighters Local #17
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      IAFF/BCFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Failed to Ratify - February 3, 2016
      02/03/16 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      The 2016 County Chapter CBA failed to ratify with 55% disapproval. Special thanks to the Negotiating Team and the Members who worked the polls. Log-in to the members area under Contracts to review the official tally. Please call Sgt. At Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions or concerns.
      IAFF 293 APP
      02/03/16 - Erie Firefighters Local 293
      Get the Erie Firefighters IAFF 293 App for your iPhone or Android in your App Store. Contact any Board Member for more information.
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